Composer and clarinetist Peter Josheff has been on the front lines of the northern California new music scene for more than thirty years. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Peter is a co-founder of Earplay and of Sonic Harvest. He is a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Empyrean Ensemble (UC Davis), the Eco Ensemble (UC Berkeley), and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. He performs frequently with Opera Parallèle and West Edge Opera, and has worked with many other groups including Melody of China, Other Minds, the Ives Collective, Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, and Composers, Inc. He has appeared on numerous recordings on the Albany, Bridge, Centaur, Innova, Arabesque, CRI, Rastascan, Tazdik, and Electra record labels. He is an instructor of clarinet at UC Berkeley.

Peter has composed instrumental and vocal music, opera and pop songs, as well as music for dance and theater. His music has been performed by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Farallon Quintet, Earplay, Sonic Harvest, the Laurel Ensemble, the Bernal Hill Players, the Empyrean Ensemble, Melody of China, Goat Hall Productions, and many individual performers. His most recently premiered works include: Same Old Sadness (2020) for solo violin; Dewy not, Dewy got (2020), for solo bassoon; Warped Oracle (2019) and Images from the Past (2018) for spoken voice and piano; September (2017) for solo violin; and The Dream Mechanic (2016) for woman’s spoken voice, tenor, and chamber orchestra, commissioned by and premiered by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. His most recent completed works include: Rag Wrung Dry (2020) for spoken voice and piano; On the Way to the Day (2020) for solo cello; and Home Brew (2020) for solo marimba, as well as numerous pop songs and other works created during the pandemic. He is currently writing a piece for cellist Robert Howard.

In his spare time, Peter is an amateur guitarist/singer/songwriter.

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